Who we are

The Elliot Foundation is a group of people with a wealth of experience brought together by a passion for giving children the best start in life. We believe in openness and transparency in all things, so feel free to contact us about any aspect of our work.

Our Team

  • Dr. Caroline Whalley CBE

    Founder, Member & Chair TEFAT

    Caroline was previously an Executive Director in the London Borough of Ealing leading on education and community services, she instigated one of the first all- through 3 - 19 age range academies in the country. All schools she inherited were removed from categories well within time expectations. She achieved her doctorate in performance management in 2001 and subsequently became Director of Education & Training in Babcock International Group a FTSE 100 company developing their successful BSF programme.

    She has worked with The National College on succession planning and in The Innovation Unit, creating programmes that have enhanced the way that managers learn about managing and inspired learning leaders in local government, private sector as well as schools.

    She is currently a Trustee of SHINE Trust (Support and Help IN Education) and until recently City Year that “unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world.”

    She has written for professional publications, such as The Times Educational Supplement and Management in Education as well as books and papers on mentoring, learning about learning and the 9 -19 curriculum.

    Caroline was awarded a CBE for services to education in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2015.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 0001374143398

  • Henry Bedford

    Founder, Member & Chair TEF

    Henry is the Chair of The Elliot Foundation. He has significant executive level experience building and leading small teams in both the private and voluntary sectors. He started his career at Goldman Sachs and was offered a partnership in 1992. He founded his own investment management company and has worked for several prominent fund managers since selling it. He has been a trustee of Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.) for more than a decade. Over time, he has served on nearly all of the Board’s committees and currently chairs its Investment Committee, while also sitting on Budget & Finance, Nominations and the Executive Committee.

    He is a member of the Advisory Board of IntoUniversity, the Development Board of City Year London, and a trustee of SHINE and Next Step, a small American charity providing education and support for young people with blood disease and cancer.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001464324143

  • Hugh Greenway

    Chief Executive

    Hugh is an award-winning international business leader with over 20 years’ experience enabling education and learning organisations. Over the last five years he has built the Elliot Foundation from concept to one of the most successful primary academy sponsors in the country. Over the same period he has helped other academy trusts with their organisational design and has contributed to the Bloodhound SSC project which aims to inspire a generation to study STEM subjects with an attempt on the world land speed record.

    At Reed Learning plc (2004-2011) he drove double-digit growth, launched successful partnerships with Google and Royal Holloway University of London and won multiple industry awards. Between 1998 and 2004 he ran several of Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s education and training businesses across Europe including major turnaround and restructuring projects in the UK, France, Sweden and the Netherlands. In the 1990s Hugh launched his own education business in Moscow, which he ran successfully until 1998. Throughout his career Hugh has volunteered in the state education and third sectors including Vice-Chair at the West London Academy (2006-11) and is proud to have supported Business in the Community, the Princes Trust and Teach First.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001384167487

  • Mary Gavigan

    Interim Finance Director

    Mary is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and a graduate from Trinity College, Dublin University - BBS and MA.

    Mary specialises in the financial services sector, during her career she has worked on a variety of engagements such as: major restructuring assignments; business transformation and process improvement jobs; risk advisory work; M&A, and audit & accounting projects within the insurance and reinsurance sector. She spent the majority of her career at KPMG and has also worked at other consulting firms.

    Whilst on secondment to the CBI Mary led a project to showcase to the Department of Education why investment in education and skills training made economic sense.

    Since 2016 Mary has taken on a number of interim CFO roles in both the commercial sector and not-for profit sector. Recently Mary served as the interim FD at the Chartered Insurance Institute from April 2017 to December 2017 - a professional membership organisation which has charitable companies within its group. Mary has also advised a number of charity groups on restructuring matters.

    Mary is an independent non-executive director and trustee of Epilepsy Research UK Limited.

  • Travis Latham

    Senior Regional Director

    Travis was a successful Executive Headteacher of 2 large inner city primary schools for over 10 years. During that time the schools’ results and Ofsted grades improved dramatically gaining Outstanding judgements in many areas from Inadequate and pupil numbers rose from 250 to 1100. He has worked nationally as a Local Leader of Education (LLE) supporting schools in difficulty across the West Midlands and internationally with The British Council in Sudan, Singapore, Spain and with colleagues from Lithuania. Travis has inspected for Ofsted since 2012, has volunteered as Chair of Governors and is a fellow of the RSA.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001488793850

  • Simon Adams

    Regional Director

    Simon was a successful primary Headteacher in a small church school and in one of the country’s largest primary schools, where he developed links with a partner school in Beijing, China. He worked within the advisory service in a local authority where he led a team of advisors to raise standards in the county’s most vulnerable schools. He was given the opportunity to lead a school for one year which was in special measures. Having successfully turned around the school’s fortunes, he then went and repeated this in two more schools. He has carried out inspections for OFSTED within the primary phase. He is currently a governor in a one form entry primary school where he has responsibility for Early Years. When he isn’t working, he enjoys running both competitively and for pleasure.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001380146468

  • Caroline Oliver

    Regional Director

    Caroline has worked within a Local Authority for ten years most recently as a Senior School Improvement Manager leading the agenda for raising standards for more that 300 schools as part of a team. She worked intensively in vulnerable schools until they were judged good and outstanding. Caroline has also worked as a maths consultant and as a moderator. She is a Team Inspector for Ofsted focusing on Primary and Specialist provision. Caroline also has experience in governance and is currently a governor in a secondary academy and in a federated village school.

  • Jem Shuttleworth

    Director of Governance and Policy

    Jem has worked within the fields of governance and policy throughout her career gaining understanding and experience as a governor, trustee and senior leader. Jem has been a governor for 13 years, working initially with City Challenge in her local primary school, followed by appointment as a National Leader in Governance. Jem has effectively supported governors working in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools, often working with a governing body from review through to securing a good or outstanding outcome for governance in inspection. Jem is particularly interested in the development of governance within a MAT and how best to ensure that running through the trust there is a clarity and coherence at all levels regarding key issues.

    Jem is currently Chair of the Greenside, Griffin, Lena Federation; Chair of Ramsey Spinning Infant School and Ramsey Junior School and a governor at Cambridge Special School with responsibility for assessment.

    Prior to joining the Elliot Foundation Jem was Chief Executive of Music Mark - The UK Association for Music Education delivering a programme of significant organisational change and development which resulted in marked increase in LA membership, the successful roll out of a School Membership offer, the publication in partnership with the NGA of The Governor Guide to Music Education and an unprecedented 4 year funding commitment of £300 million from DfE. While in post Jem sat on advisory boards for All Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education and Culture, Arts Council England, DfE and the Greater London Authority.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001496434680

  • Ruth Dickens

    Director of HR

    Following an initial legal career supporting local authority education and social care provision, Ruth has extensive HR experience specifically within the education sector having led HR functions and supported school leadership, management and governance across primary, secondary and post-16 sectors. As a graduate member of the Institute of Legal Executives, Ruth brings a pragmatic approach to HR matters and is committed to delivering a service which is solution focussed and empowers leaders to secure the right HR outcomes. Ruth led the HR provision across a large Multi Academy Trust in Nottinghamshire prior to joining The Elliot Foundation and previously worked for one of the country’s leading HR and payroll firms providing specialist HR support to schools nationally. She has extensive experience of complex casework and has led significant projects including the development of HR services to support expanding organisations. Ruth has served as a school governor, is an accredited Safer Recruitment trainer and is currently a member of a primary and secondary sector Multi Academy Trust in Cambridgeshire.

  • Trish Martin

    Estates Director

    Trish is an experienced education strategic planner. She has held a number of senior management posts within Local Authorities and has, over a 15 year period, led major education capital investment projects through their initial scoping and briefing, stakeholder consultation and detailed design development into successful completion.
    She has substantial experience in preparing business case proposals and strategic plans for significant school reorganisation and major capital development proposals across the country. Trish has been lead project manager for the successful delivery of several sponsored Academy projects across the country. Most recently, she was commissioned to manage the establishment of one the country’s first tranche of 24 Free Schools which successfully opened in September 2011. As a specialist in education capital strategy, asset management and project management, Trish is an established lecturer, delivering national programmes of training courses, seminars and conferences on a range of capital planning and project management matters.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001470098476

  • Deryn Harvey


    Deryn was a Director of the Innovation Unit from 2002 to 2009 and supported hundreds of schools, colleges and LAs in their quest for solutions to the biggest challenges facing the system. In the privileged position of senior civil servant in the DFE she and the Innovation Unit team had direct access to ministers and policy makers, thereby helping bridge that gap between practitioners and policy formation. She has been head of middle and primary schools at one point amalgamating 3 schools in a challenging situation. She is a national associate with the National College and has particular expertise in New Models of Leadership, School Business Managers, Teaching Schools, and the NLE Fellowship programme. Currently she is working nationally with emerging chains of academies. She is expert in the Power to Innovate legislation as well as federation and collaboration governance regulation.

    DBS: N/A

  • Sue Nath

    Trustee - Inclusion & Special Educational Needs

    Sue’s last post was as Head of SEN Strategy and Inclusion in a London Borough, with responsibility for the SEN Assessment and Statementing Service, the Educational Psychology Service, SEN Transport and the Outreach Support and Portage Services. She was part of an integrated service for children with additional needs, where the focus was on preventative work and integrated working across health, social care and education.

    Sue has spent her career working in the field of inclusion and special educational needs. She has worked as a social worker with children in care, as a teacher in mainstream and in a special school, and has carried out research at the Institute of Education with SCOPE. She has spent 27 years working as an Educational Psychologist for several different Local Authorities, including 6 years as a Principal Educational Psychologist. She has extensive knowledge and experience of policy and practice in all areas of SEN. She has worked with teachers to set up programmes ensuring inclusion for children with a very wide range of SEN and has a detailed knowledge of the Code of Practice on SEN, SEN funding and resources, the statementing procedure, tribunal issues, disability discrimination, Parent Partnership services, commissioning of specialist services and new developments in SEN.

    Sue is currently a trustee of a charity that provides mobility training and social activities to children with significantly impaired motor function. She also works part time in the NHS, sitting on a panel reviewing the rights of those who are sectioned under the mental health act.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001496017644

  • Jo Rothwell

    Trustee - Family law & child protection

    Joanne was previously a Registered General Nurse, before she qualified as a Barrister and was called to the Bar in 1993. She continues to practice as a Barrister at No 5 Chambers (London Annex) in the field of Public Law. Part of her practice includes Education Law, acting for both parents and LEA’s at all levels, Tribunals including SENDIST and the High Court.
    She also is a part-time Immigration Judge, dealing mostly with deportation of criminals. This involves making difficult decisions about foreign national criminals and their families including British children.

    She is an Adjudicator for the Legal Services Commission which involves making decisions on which cases ought to be granted public funding in the area of Immigration and Human Rights Law.

    She is also the Moderator for Central Law Training in the area of Immigration and Human Rights.

    DBS N/A

  • David Gallie

    Trustee - Chair of Finance Committee

    David is the Greater London Authority’s Assistant Director of Finance, leading on the preparation of the Mayor of London’s £16bn budget for fire, police, transport and the Olympic legacy. He is also responsible for the GLA’s financing of major infrastructure investments across London such as Crossrail and the Northern Line Extension. This included leading the first local authority bond issuance in 25 years.

    Previously he worked in senior finance positions at three London Boroughs, including running a local authority’s schools and education finance function.

    David was Chair of Governors of a newly established secondary school in Southwark over the past ten years, where the schools achieved ‘outstanding’ in its last two inspections.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001494421642

  • Damon Parker

    Trustee - Trust law & Litigation

    Damon Parker is a respected city lawyer and founding partner of Harcus Sinclair LLP where he leads their litigation practice. He began his legal career with Withers in the 1990s where he specialised in contentious trust work. He was listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2016 and is recommended in Chambers & Partners as one of the leading practitioners in his field.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001507314433

  • Keith Wainwright


    Keith is a retired Police Officer who served 27 years in Cambridgeshire Constabulary after previously working for the British South Africa Police and Zimbabwe Republic Police under both governments. For 14 years he has been chair of governors at Nene Infant & Nursery School. In 2015 he was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the town of Wisbech for his committee work on the Cambs 876 remembered project

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001501771024

  • Kathryn James

    Trustee - Education Policy

  • Elaine Hedgecock

    Trustee & Chair of Standards Committee

    Elaine recently retired as HR Director for a UK advocacy charity. Prior to this she ran her own consultancy business for over 30 years, specialising in change management and organisational development.

    She has been a Governor for 14 years and a Chair for half of that time, first of all in a secondary school where her daughter was a pupil and then in a Primary School.

    She believes that good primary education enables children to become effective learners if they feel safe and have good teachers.

    She is the Chair of Governors for the Highlees and Eyrescroft Federation in Peterborough.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001569102288

  • Andrew Harper


    Andrew spent 26 years with BP, mainly in corporate communications, in London, Brussels and Melbourne, working variously in publications, internal communications, government and political relations and issues management. Among other duties, he led cross-industry and cross-cultural task forces, to define and conduct advocacy on public policy issues affecting the oil and petrochemicals industries in the UK and the European Union.

    In May 2005 Andrew began an alternative career, in local government, representing Garden Suburb ward on Barnet London Borough Council until he retired in May 2014. During his first term in office his posts included chairing the Council’s Education Overview & Scrutiny Committee. In December 2009 he was appointed Conservative Group Deputy Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council, and took on the Education and Children’s Services portfolio.

    Andrew has served on several school governing bodies, at primary and secondary level and is now LGB Chair for Claremont Academy in Barnet.

    Enhanced DBS Number: 001569567321

  • The Elliot Foundation


    The Elliot Foundation is a registered charity 1150146 and approved academy sponsor.